Wide-spread SD-WAN adoption, the move toward SaaS and local internet breakouts, and the migration of the data centre away from corporate premises had already started to fundamentally shift the underlay. Then the pandemic forced many changes to network setups in record time. The latest surveys suggest that after lockdowns around the world are lifted, works will return to offices but enterprises will have a larger permanent remote workforce than ever before. This discussion will look at how network managers are adjusting their network portfolios and sourcing strategies to accommodate new technologies and the demands of a post-pandemic future.
● Has the working-from-home stampede changed what enterprises consider the right mix between MPLS, DIA and broadband for office and site connectivity?
● Even after SD-WAN adoption, MPLS has been fairly “sticky” particularly in verticals like finance and health care. Is that changing now that enterprises have seen SD-WAN in action? Has remote work impacted this shift?
● Has there been a change in the terms and conditions enterprises are looking for from a provider?
● What impact, if any, has the shift to remote work had on how enterprises source their underlay in terms of both provider selection?
● What are some of the benefits and pitfalls of going all or mostly internet for the WAN?
● What are the benefits of network-as-a-service and how do prices compare to other services? How popular is the offering and what should be considered when negotiating new NaaS deals?
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